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FerociouslySteph responds to Twitch council backlash “I have power”

Published: 18/May/2020 7:25 Updated: 18/May/2020 11:29

by Brad Norton

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Twitch streamer Steph ‘FerociouslySteph’ Loehr has responded to criticism of her broadcasts and stances on video game features, after being named as one of the councilors on the platform’s new Safety Advisory Council.

The Amazon-owned streaming service announced a new council on May 14 with the intention of promoting more consistent moderation across Twitch. Featuring a number of academics alongside veteran stars, one personality ended up standing out from the pack.

FerciouslySteph has been targeted for not only for her controversial takes on multiplayer gaming, but also for allegedly bypassing the Twitch codes and practices she’s onboard to enforce. Booting up her stream on May 17, the divisive figure has now responded to the recent backlash.

“I’m not going anywhere, I have power. They can’t take it away from me,” she said during her recent stream in response to the ample criticism and complaints that have already surfaced since Twitch’s council announcement.

As Loehr continued her statement, she outlined how “some people should be afraid of [her].” She did not, however, mention any specific names, but there have been a few high-profile stars who weighed in against her already.

“I represent moderation and diversity,” FerciouslySteph continued in her on-stream rebuttal. “I’m gonna come for harmful people. If you’re a really sh***y person, I’m gonna stand up against you. Twitch is endorsing me to do that.”

However, as her broadcast continued, the newly-announced Twitch councilor began to contradict some of her original statements.

An hour after first making her rebuttal statement, FerciouslySteph admitted she has “literally zero power right now.” On top of that, she’s unclear how much she will have in any capacity moving forward too: “I have no idea how much power I have…at the moment, it’s zero.”

Eight individuals currently sit among the council, though there’s yet to be definitive proof of just how much authority they command. 

“I might have more [power] later, but right now all I can tell is that I’m supposed to say what things I think are maybe bad ideas,” the under-fire streamer continued. “Then Twitch will maybe act on them.”

While much was vague, one key point was clarified in her latest stream: “I’m not Twitch staff,” she explained, confirming she is a separate and independent entity to the streaming platform she’s now been named an advisor for.

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Conor McGregor explains why YouTube boxing is “good business” for the sport

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:20

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Jake Paul and Logan Paul helped popularize ‘YouTube Boxing’ in recent years, although it’s often described as a mockery of the sport. However, Conor McGregor explained why he isn’t against it and thinks it’s good business.

Conor McGregor has been focused on his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier for a while now. However, that hasn’t stopped Jake Paul from doing his best to rope the former double champion into an exhibition boxing match.

Jake first called him out back in November 2020 after he knocked out Nate Robinson. Then, he taunted him to accept a $50 million fight offer several weeks later and has been flailing about ever since. 

He still hasn’t managed to get his attention. However, his antics did draw out comments from UFC President Dana White and Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh. Now, Conor has finally shared his thoughts on YouTube boxing as a whole, and here’s what he had to say.

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Jake Paul has tried and failed to bait a response from Conor McGregor.

“A lot of people are criticizing [YouTube boxing] as maybe making a bit of a mockery of fighting,” asked an interviewer. It’s the predominant view among fans of combat sports. “I want you to weigh in on that for me.” 

“If they are fighting, well, then it can’t make a mockery of fighting, right?” said Conor. “They’re getting in, and they’re competing. I am not so much against it. The YouTube kid and the NBA star competing [was] good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? It’s not the most high level if any level… [but] as they say if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” he added. “I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but… I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”

 

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Conor’s opinion might come as a surprise to fans who expected him to make scathing comments. However, as a businessman himself, it seems like he’s all for it. Plus, as he said, YouTube boxers are still fighting and giving it their all.

On another note, Conor didn’t seem too incensed about Jake. He barely mentioned him at all. 

Still, it’s only a matter of time before Jake responds, and there’s no doubt he won’t be too thrilled about being referred to as “the YouTube kid.”